Bought/Thought 11/07/07

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  1. CaptainCanada

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    Astonishing X-Men #23

    One runs into something of a problem when reviewing this issue, because I honestly don’t remember all that much of what happened last time, so, when one scene is a scene from last issue with thought-bubbles superimposed to cast the whole affair in a humourous light, it’s effectiveness is pretty muted. The story works fine on its own terms, but I really can’t bring myself to care because of the scheduling. More interesting things are happening elsewhere in the X-universe.

    Ms. Marvel #21

    Reed continues to weave a bunch of different plot threads in this issue, picking up from last issue’s cliffhanger return of Cru, the Brood-killer from the series’ first story arc (#1-3); it seems that Ms. Marvel absorbed some parts of him in their first encounter, explaining all the weird stuff happening with her over the last several issues. Cru takes them to Monster Island (don’t worry, Carol, it’s only a peninsula), where the remnants of the Brood from that same arc are hiding, and breeding. Meanwhile, Machine Man gets a new, female body (his Monica sexbot) when his regular one is destroyed in Cru’s attack, Agent Sum turns out to have really incredible regenerative powers, Wonder Man turns up to help, and everyone is worrying about something the Daily Bugle has on Carol. Like I said, much happening (plus, a preview of Brian Reed’s upcoming Captain Marvel miniseries, which I may be forced to buy, because I really like his work). Reed has a great handle on Ms. Marvel, whose inner monologue is consistently amusing ("How in the name of *@%& am I on Monster Island?"), and realistic; sometimes he goes a bit overboard on the insecurities, but otherwise she always seems like a real person. Aaron Lopresti returns after taking an issue off on art duties, and he’s his usual excellent self.

    New Avengers: Illuminati #5

    Secret Invasion is here, complete with a "The Infiltration" logo (presumably this will be SI’s "Road to Civil War"), as the fairly enjoyable miniseries winds down, finally freeing up Jim Cheung to run late on some other project, hopefully Young Avengers-related. As advertised, the Illuminati convenes post-World War Hulk (confirming that it really won’t affect any of their status quos at all, as if that wasn’t already clear enough), Iron Man toting the corpse of Skrull-Elektra that he will receive whenever the seventh issue of Mighty Avengers ships. He suspects an invasion, and thinks they’re to blame, while the others are suspicious; Reed proposes they dissect the body and examine the situation further, but Black Bolt has a better idea: he asks politely that he take the body, since he’s a Skrull, and they’d rather this go no further. Cue a massive brawl between the rest of the Illuminati and Black Skrolt, who, in the course of the fight, out-magicks Doctor Strange, out-telepaths Professor X, and generally proves nigh on invincible, until Namor impales him, because Bendis-written Namor is a badass (seriously, Bendis, Namor ongoing!). Two more Skrulls with the powers of Thor and the X-Men arrive for the fight as well, but Iron Man blows them up. Wondering how long Black Bolt was a Skrull, the team goes their separate ways, no longer trusting each other at all (eep). Quite an intense issue (the Black Bolt reveal is handled magnificently), with great art; although, if Bendis is really saying that Black Bolt has been a Skrull since 1973 (it isn’t clear how long, although Iron Man suspects from that date), that’s going to cause some problems. Although it does explain how he lost to the Hulk.

    Uncanny X-Men #492

    After a somewhat ordinary first chapter (with irritating art from Marc Silvestri), things kick into higher gear here, with Brubaker picking up where he left off, and Billy Tan returning on art chores after a five-issue break. IGN’s advance review of this issue described Tan’s art as "awful", which, having seen the finished product, I can’t understand in the slightest; it’s not great, but it looks fine, and it’s the best Tan has been on this title yet. And it’s paired with Brubaker’s best X-related writing to date (possibly excepting #475, his debut issue); if he keeps this up, he may yet go down as a great X-writer. Anyway, Cyclops sends Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Angel to find some Acolytes, in hopes of them leading them to Mister Sinister, while he calls X-Factor to the Mansion; he’s got a mission for Madrox (Layla tags along) at Forge’s, and a mission for Rictor: infiltrate the psychotic Purifiers. He also berates Professor X for being a jerk, leaving the old fellow strolling the halls and wondering what place is left for him with the institution he founded. Brubaker writes a good Cyclops and a good Wolverine. A promising beginning to the crossover-proper, I must say.
     
  2. PhotoJones

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    Thoughts so far:

    Uncanny X-Men #492 - This is a lot better then the MC one-shot from last week. As Captain Canada describes, things kick off pretty well and it's looking like this crossover/storyline may actually live up to it's enormous hype. Brubaker recently stated that he thinks this is what X-fans are looking for. As an old school X-fan, myself, I can see what he's talking about. One of the best things about X-stories of old was all the teams coming together to hammer out a plan, and seeing factions of the collected mutants form to carry out certain tasks and missions. The best example of this is probably X-Cutioner's Song. I've got faith with this one. Brubaker, Carey and PAD are generally worth the benefit of the doubt anyway. The art, on the hand is ******edly inconsistent. Some pages are actually pretty good, while some art completely abismal. Rictor looks like he drank a keg of beer before showing up to the X-Mansion, his gut's so big. And Scott's got the Mexican jumping visor, which seems to position itself where ever it wants, Scott's face be damned. But when all is said and done, it's got Jaime and Layla and that's always good. :up:

    Annihilation Conquest: Star Lord #4 - Best mini I've read in a long time. I hate to see this one go and was pretty disappointed to see that Peter and his crew were left out of AC #1. Still, Gabriel Vargas is my new favorite Marvel character. Keith Giffen rules.

    Annihilation Conquest #1 - Not a bad start. Like I mentioned, it gets a huge knock for leaving out Peter and his bunch. The High Evolutionary's appearance came as a surprise to me and it makes things a bit more interesting. I like Adam Warlock's new duds even they did come from Black Adam's closet. Not as great as I hoping for, but there's still much, much more story to tell. Get Pete, Gabe and Groot in this book, STAT!

    New Avengers: Illuminati #5 - Obviously Thor's not a Skrull. We can get that out of the way. Colossus on the other hand might get the short end of the stick and be revealed to have been a Skrull since the Astonishing team found him "alive". If that's the case, my guess is that Piotr was never resurrected and that he's really been dead since the Legacy Virus killed him. That **** sucks. I'm already not liking this story and it's barely off the ground. I mean, it's interesting in the size of the threat and the mysteries that surround everything, but at the end of the day, I don't want to find out that some of my most beloved moments as a comic book reader are now negated because, oops, he/she was really a Skrull this whole time. This idea for a Skrull invasion is good in that it's realistically urgent and is really, quite ballsy. On the other hand, I just don't want to read it because I don't need the characters I love reading about to be "rocked to their very cores." It gets old.

    I also picked up a crapton of other books, but I doubt I'll get around to them tonight.
     
  3. TheCorpulent1

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    Yep, the Skrull's impersonating Clor. I hereby dub it "Sklor."

    Also, anyone else notice that Bendis dropped a few hints that something's wonky with Strange's magic? Maybe there was some method to the madness of his mischaracterization of Strange's powers in NA.
     
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    I don't think that's meant to be the implication at all; maybe it's meant to instill some suspicion in the Illuminati themselves, but not the readers. The "Colossus" one also uses Cyclops and Nightcrawler's powers (he has the latter's tail when he appears). And, even if it is Bendis, no way he gets to mess with Whedon's story.
     
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    I hope not.
     
  6. hippie_hunter

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    Can we call the other one Skrullossus?

    And Black Skrolt sucks. I go with Skrull Bolt.
     
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    Skrullossus and Skrull Bolt are what I've been calling them already. Although I guess Skrull-X and Skrulluminati are more appropriate.
     
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    Yeah, I noticed that. I figured that was Bendis' way of covering up his own mischaracterization by inserting some one-liner to make it make sense.
     
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    Dr. Skrull :huh:
     
  10. TheCorpulent1

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    Possibly. Maybe he threw the match against Skrulluminati.
     
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    Making every single member of the Illuminati Skrulls would just be stupid though :(.
     
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    That's never stopped you from assuming something, though. :o
     
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    True. :o
     
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    At least you can admit that you're a fool. That's got to count for something.
     
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    It's time for one of my rare reviewing moments...

    Uncanny X-Men #492 - Oh, thank god. Billy Tan is back. I was rolling my eyes with every page done by Marc "Oh my god, why is Emma smiling inappropriately?" Silvestri. And we got an appearance by Layla Miller, which is always fun. I think I might just keep on buying this crossover.

    Speaking of X-Men...

    Astonishing X-Men #23 - Thankfully, I re-read the first issues of this arc not too long ago. I wasn't that lost during the extended flashback. Honestly, I think I'd be loving this arc a lot more if it had finished months ago, like it was supposed to. It's an overall good read, but I think many here would agree that the delays are killing the enjoyment factor.

    Since we're on the topic of Whedon's work...

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 8 #8 - Not as good as the first two parts of this arc. I like Buffy for the wacky dialogue and action, but I love Vaughan's writing more for his dialogue than his action. That's why Ex Machina works so well, and why he slowly pulled us into the action elements of Y. Still, an enjoyable issue, and it's interesting to see that Faith is still battling her craziness. I mean, let's be real: this arc shows us how F'd up she is than any episode of the TV show ever did.

    What? Action scenes and Chosen Ones? Why, that reminds me of...

    Immortal Iron Fist #10 - Really, I can't get enough of this book. It's like a kung-fu movie put on paper. You've got Chinese servant girls with blue eyes, one incredibly large fighter, ancient and ageless kung-fu masters, crazy chicks with spiders in her chest, and three 1970s exploitation cinema cliches trying to work a GPS. It's awesome.

    [insert clever segue here]

    Howard the Duck #2 of 4 - Much much funnier than the first issue. The superhero/bodyguard was priceless. And I'm sorry, but a morbidly obese cajun chef wiping his brow is a cliche so freaking stupid, I couldn't help but laugh. And no tongue-in-cheek comic is complete without a cameo from She-Hulk, "the lime-green litigator."
     
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    Do people really like Billy Tan, or am I missing the sarcasm?
     
  17. RockSP

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    Pretty much.
     
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    I agree. There are so many little things that all add up to make this book damn near flawless. The actual title of the martial move in a given panel along with the drawing is awesome. The cover's and the design is awesome. The tiny Luke, Misty and Colleen subplot is awesome. And for as much as I love Danny, having him sit this issue out and letting Lei Kung get some face time was awesome.

    I might have to pick this up this weekend. I passed on it due to #1 being terrible, but I'm hearing much better things with this issue.
     
  19. Doc Destruction

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    People like him, I guess. I thought he was just okay.
     
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    Scott's Amazing Leaping Visor kept me from enjoying it. :(
     
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    I like his work just fine.
     
  22. TheCorpulent1

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    That was really distracting over the course of the issue. The design of the visor is nice, though. More streamlined than the clunky classic visor, but not so thin that it looks stupid, like Quitely's visor.
     
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    It's not often that the art in a book takes me out of the story. Tan's art did that for me, here. Like I said before, not every panel was horrible but for the ones that were, they were so bad they made me start looking for things to not like.
     
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    Did Cyclops used his beam to jump high?
     
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